The script is done.
I repeat, the script is DONE.
100% finished. 120 pages. 81 scenes. 3 Acts.
26 days into the project. 12 days spent into planning the script ahead of time. 14 days spent actually writing a 120-page feature film script.
It would have taken a lot longer to write-in fact, I’d probably still be in Act One-if I hadn’t done all the prep work. I really can’t emphasize how having a plot outline helped keep me on track on making real progress every day.
There is nothing better than being able to sit down, relax, because you’ve finished a script. It’s not a major accomplishment and there’s a really long road to actually making it into a movie.
Heck, the work on the script isn’t even close to being done. This is only the first draft. I’ll keep working on it, improving it, and getting feedback on it.
But the first draft is done. The framework for the movie is done.
This was the easy part. The hard part? That’s coming. But for today, I can celebrate.
Because I can do this:
[*] Create all six characters. One down, five to go. [*] Create a plot outline based on the character arcs. [*] Write a script based on the plot outline and the character personalities. The script will be around 120 pages long and will likely be dialogue heavy.
[*] Take the first draft of the script and start to improve it. In this stage, I will also start to take into account what budget I will need.
[*] Once I have a budget, I will attempt to raise the funds-the current aim is $50,000. The script will continue to be modified at this point. I may also attempt to find somebody to help produce the movie with me.
[*] With the funds raised, one way or another, is to go through pre-production. Cast the movie, hire a local crew, get equipment, and find a location (preferably within the San Antonio area).
[*] Go into production. I’m hoping to shoot the whole movie within 20 days.
[*] The long post-production period. I’m hoping to have money for a video editor and sound editor. Hopefully, there won’t be any need for CGI-I’m specifically writing the script to avoid anything like that.
[*] Once the movie is done and locked, I will send it to festivals and attempt to find a distributor.
The next step is figuring out the budget. How much will this movie cost?
A couple more notes before I sign off:
1) Want to read the script? If I know you or you know someone I know, I might be willing to send it to you if you are thinking about getting involved at this stage of the project (before it’s financed or the script is even proofread!). If you do want to help but want to wait until there’s money and/or a polished version of the script, I recommend you wait.
2) If you’ve done a budget for a movie before, I’d love to hear any tips or hints! I’ve never had to do this and it’s a daunting task so any free help I can get, I welcome!
And with that, I sign off.